Skip navigation to content

Case Study: Lindsey

Personal details
Degree:English and Social Anthropology MA (Hons) Profile picture
School(s): School of English, School of Philosophy, Anthropology & Film Studies
Year of Graduation:Jun-2008
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Job title: Supporter Fundraising Administrator
Occupational Sector: Fundraising
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I had sent my CV to Huntress Recruitment Agency and later had an interview with them in which I told them more about the area of work I wanted to apply for. They consequently contacted me after this meeting with details of the job as it matched the criteria I had identified I was interested in.

Huntress forwarded my CV to the charity and they also spoke to them about my suitability for the post on the basis of the interview they had conducted with me.

I was interviewed for the post by one person and it lasted approximately half an hour. Throughout the interview I tried to continually convey a real interest in the charity and passion for the specific role I had applied for.
What does your job involve ?
The first few months at Breakthrough Breast Cancer have been thoroughly enjoyable! My job is incredibly varied as I work alongside Supporter Events, Supporter Campaigns and Supporter Groups and Community; providing administrative support across the teams and assistance with supporter care when needed. As a result, I feel I am gaining really valuable experience and detailed insight into this sector. I work 35 hours a week and often volunteer at our events in the evenings and weekends; I have found this is great way of meeting our supporters and making friends with colleagues I wouldn’t normally come into contact with on a day-to-day basis. There are several of us who are always keen to go out for a drink or two after work and my social life at work has really started to take off!
What are the best bits of your job ?
Everyday is very different so unfortunately I cannot complete this accurately!

Each day I will complete various administrative tasks and support the Groups and Community team in particular when necessary.

  • 6.30 am - Get up and get ready for work.
  • 8.03 am – Get the train into London’s west end
  • 8.50 am – Arrive at the office, go through e-mails and prioritize the day’s tasks
  • ….. (see comment above)
  • 5.00 pm – Go Home.
Why were you successful?
In particular, I think my extra curricular activities were crucial to my selection as I could already demonstrate passion and success in the third sector. Having raised over £5000 on an international challenge, competed in many “fun runs” and volunteered for several other charities I showed relevant experience in fundraising and supporter care. In addition, I believe the enthusiasm I showed at my interview helped as I further detailed the various activities and studies I undertook at University and how they were relevant to the job.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?